In anticipation of becoming certified as a Beneficiary, DEP has developed a draft Beneficiary Mitigation Plan
that provides Pennsylvania's high-level vision for the use of the mitigation fund money and information about specific project types eligible for funding.
Pennsylvania is allocated over $118 million in the First and Second Partial Consent Decrees. The amount of money allocated to Pennsylvania is based on the percentage of unlawful Volkswagen vehicles registered in the Commonwealth compared to the number registered nationally.
The Mitigation Trust can be used to fund specified categories of projects that repower diesel vehicles, engines or equipment with new engines or replace older diesel vehicles, engines or equipment with new vehicles, engines or equipment. Some projects to retrofit vehicles with control technologies may also be eligible for funding if completed under an approved state-level Diesel Emission Reduction Act (DERA) funding program.
The list of projects that are eligible for funding is provided below:
Class 8 Local Trucks and Port Drayage Trucks
Class 4-8 School Bus, Shuttle Bus, or Transit Bus
Railroad Freight Switcher Locomotives
Ocean Going Vessels Shorepower
Class 4-7 Local Freight Trucks
Airport Ground Support Equipment
Light-Duty Zero Emission Vehicle Supply Equipment
Matching funds for projects eligible under the Diesel Emission Reduction Act
DEP anticipates that applications to obtain funds will be available in the spring of 2018.